You may not have heard much about the late Don Turney, the Specialty Equipment Market Association's vice president of marketing.
But Mr. Turney, who died unexpectedly Nov. 8 following surgery, was one of the key reasons that this year's joint National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association/SEMA trade show in Las Vegas was such a hit.
As the SEMA liaison to the NTDRA show, he worked tirelessly to ensure this year's gathering would be a success.
I met Mr. Turney several times in Akron before and after the decision was made for NTDRA to join with SEMA. On those occasions, he would pepper me with questions about the NTDRA, its importance to tire dealers and how a combined show would work to benefit dealers.
He had lots of energy and enthusiasm and believed strongly that tire dealers and the NTDRA, as part of the automotive aftermarket, belonged as a component of the SEMA show.
I liked his forthright approach and enjoyed our conversations.
Dave Poisson, executive vice president of the NTDRA, which has been renamed the Tire Association of North America, called Mr. Turney ``the person responsible for the success of this year's show.'' That's a fitting legacy for a fine man.
If you look on page 7 you'll notice a significant milestone for our automotive service columnist Dan Marinucci.
This issue marks the 200th column he's written for Tire Business.
It's rare to find someone with expertise in automotive service who can can write as well as Dan. A former editor of two automotive service publications, we were fortunate to run across him eight years ago when he was starting his own communications business.
Dan not only knows the nuts and bolts of automotive service, he understands the business and management side as well.
His interesting and pithy columns are valuable contributions to the editorial content of this newspaper.
We're glad he's part of our editorial team.
Attending the grand opening of Hankook Tire Manufacturing Co. Ltd.'s Kumsan, South Korea, tire plant in October was a wonderful opportunity in and of itself.
But the trip also afforded me an experience any diehard baseball fan would have loved.
I was able to watch the first and second games of the baseball World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Florida Marlins on the same day.
How's that possible? By crossing the international date line—losing a day going over and gaining a day back on the return.
Prior to leaving Seoul for Cleveland on Sunday, Oct. 19, I switched on the television in my hotel room to watch the first game of the World Series live.
I then flew 8,500 miles home, landing in Cleveland that same evening just in time to tune in the second game of the series.
And who said traveling isn't fun!
Mr. Zielasko is editor and asso ciate publisher of Tire Business.